Do Something: Get in the holiday spirit with parades, tree lightings

Check out what events are taking place around the area this weekend.

Around Gloucester and Winslow Townships

  • On Saturday Dec. 2, the Blackwood Fire Department will host its Annual Christmas Parade from 6 to 9 p.m. The parade will begin at the intersection of Black Horse Pike and Davistown Road and then proceed north to Blackwood Fire Company. Following the parade, children can meet Santa Claus inside the fire station, located at 1261 Chews Landing Road. Entertainment will be provided by Mainstage’s Encore show choir.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 2, a man in a big red suit is passing through Winslow Township High School from 12:30 to 4 p.m in the cafeteria. Admission is $5, which includes a festive afternoon of hot dogs, drinks, letters to Santa, face painting, craft activities, holiday music, story time with Mayor Wright, a puppet show by the fire department and making reindeer food. Photos with Santa are an additional $5. Additional refreshments will also be for sale. All proceeds benefit Project Graduation.

In Cherry Hill

  • Cherry Hill residents can get into the holiday spirit at Barclay Farmstead this weekend with the farmstead’s annual Holiday House. Holiday House will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Guests can check out the decorated house and browse for gifts and holiday items offered for sale. On Saturday, there will also be a silhouette cutter on site from 1 to 4 p.m. and kids can meet Santa Claus from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For more information, call (856) 795–6225.
  • Get a start on holiday shopping this weekend at the Cherry Hill Public Library. The library will be hosting both a craft fair and gently used jewelry and accessory sale on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. At the craft fair, shoppers can check out the hottest crafts made by young entrepreneurs. The gently used jewelry and accessory sale gives shoppers the chance to shop for high-quality, previously owned items at prices rarely seen anywhere else. Proceeds from the jewelry sale will go toward the Cherry Hill Public Library. Both sales will be open through 1 p.m. Visit for more information.

Around South Jersey

  • A holiday tradition returns to Medford Township this weekend. The 28th annual Dickens Festival will take place along Main Street in Medford from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. This festival will kick off with a parade a 5:45 p.m. where Santa will be transported to the gazebo on Main Street. Santa will conduct the tree lighting and later greet kids through the night. The event will include tons of activities, including pony rides, ice sculpting, outdoor movies, a moon bounce, jugglers, stilt-walkers, a face painter, a live nativity and a town crier. The event is free to attend. Visit for more information.
  • Another long-running holiday tradition will take place in Moorestown. The Moorestown Lions Club will host its 57th annual Holiday Parade on Saturday beginning at noon at the corner of Chester and Central Avenues in Moorestown. The parade will include performances from numerous bands, marching units and floats. This year’s theme is “winter frolic.” The parade will travel north to Main Street and then travel south on Main Street until it reaches Church Street, where the parade will then proceed to Memorial Field. There is no cost to attend. Visit for more information.
  • Winterfest returns to Cinnaminson this Sunday. The Cinnaminson Elementary Home and School Association will host the annual holiday event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cinnaminson High School. There will be food, crafts, vendors, local entertainment, activities and more. Kids can also meet Santa at this event. Visit for more information.

At the Jersey Shore

  • Tuckerton Seaport’s annual Christkindlmarkt will be open to guests through Sunday. This European-style holiday market will include craft and gift vendors, a food court, kiddie rides, Santa, rolling chair sleigh rides on the boardwalk, horse and wagon rides, demonstrations, great entertainment and more. The cost of admission is $5. Seaport members and kids under 5 are admitted for free. Tuckerton Seaport is located at 120 West Main Street in Tuckerton. Visit for more information.
  • The 52nd annual West Cape May Christmas Parade is scheduled for Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. The parade will begin at the West Cape May Fire Hall, head south on Broadway to West Perry and then travel to the Washington Street Mall. The rain date for the parade is Sunday. Visit for more information.

In Philadelphia

  • Main Street in Manayunk will be all lit up for the holidays on Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. for the neighborhood’s Promenade of Trees event. Guests and a panel of judges will be led by carolers to see all 30 trees decorated by businesses in the theme of “Stories of the Season.” Manayunk residents and visitors can also get their pet’s photo taken with Santa in front of the holiday tree at Canal View Park from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the annual Santa Paws event. Photos will be taken for a suggested fee of $10, with proceeds going to the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team. For more information and a list of tree locations, visit

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